About the District


Age/Grade Level

Lydia Rippey Elementary School

Grades Pre-K-3 (serving students west of the Animas River)

McCoy Elementary School

Grades Pre-K-3 (serving students east of the Animas River)

Park Avenue Elementary

Grades 4-5

Koogler Middle School

Grades 6-8

Aztec High School

Grades 9-12

Vista Nueva High School

Grades 9-12

Every day over 2,800 students cross the threshold of their school in Aztec and begin their school day. They come to us with different skills, with different backgrounds but full of energy, dreams and potential.  They are our most important stakeholders and we take our mission seriously to ensure all students develop a strong educational foundation as they are the future.

Aztec is located in the northwest corner of New Mexico in the beautiful San Juan Basin along the Animas River, a rural community just south of the Colorado border. The Aztec Municipal School District (AMSD) serves students in pre-school through grade twelve. The district is located in the "Four Corners area" where New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona meet. We have a diverse student population of approximately 63% Anglo students, 22% Hispanic students, and 13% Native American students. The City of Aztec is the county seat of San Juan County and our economic base is tourism, coal, oil, natural gas production and agriculture. The district employs over 200 certified staff members and a support staff of more than 150 to provide transportation and educational services to our students.  Our family oriented district is one that is grounded in professional learning communities where everyone has a job title, but their main role is to improve student learning for all students. It is an All In, All the Time mentality because we know that every day is important when it comes to educating our students.